Rotario - September 26, 2019

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, September 26, 2019
12:15pm Lunch~ Catrina Olson, City Manager of Nevada City 

Trolley Junction at Northern Queen Hotel
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City

We are please to welcome Catrina Olson, City Manager of Nevada City as our guest speaker on Thursday. Catrina Olson’s professional career spans more than 25 years of primarily finance in executive rolls.  The last 2 years has been as City Manager.  Catrina has performed in industries including logging, service, manufacturing, banking and finally government.

In 2007, Catrina Olson began employment with the City of Nevada City.  Catrina has served as the Finance Manager responsible for the Finance and Administration Department and served as the Risk Manager.  In February 2008 she was promoted to the Finance and Human Resource Director and in 2013 as the Assistant City Manager.  Since August of 2017 Catrina has served as the City Manager.

Prior to her employment in with the City, Catrina worked for Placer Community Credit Union for 7 years as a V.P. and Controller which included Finance and Human Resources.  Placer Community Credit Union merged with First US Community Credit Union out of Sacramento in 2007 when she moved on to City Government.

Catrina received an Associate of Arts degree in Accounting with Honors from Sierra College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Magna Cum Laude from Columbia Southern University.

Creatures of habit ...

The saying goes, “we’re creatures of habit.” Well, as it turns out, as much as we like to think we Rotarians are different, sadly it’s true. We are creatures of habit. After a summer hiatus due in part to the hot weather, I decided it was time to get the Rambling Rotarians back on the trail. Hmmm, easier said than done. Almost everybody’s schedule had a conflict; either doctor/dentist appointments, out-of-town guests, etc. It turns out that we got out of the habit of keeping Tuesday morning open for walking/hiking. A long break in a routine usually means that something else fills the vacancy! It’s the same with our Rotary Club meetings.

I can’t begin to stress the importance of regular attendance at our meetings; whether evening Mixers or noon lunches. When I first joined Rotary, attendance was a real priority with makeups at other meetings, events, clubs required. Then Rotary International relaxed the attendance requirements. Newer members don’t even know what a makeup is. This is not an attempt to justify or vilify the new changes. It’s my pitch, to our Club members, to let you know that I personally think that attending meetings regularly is important. It helps you get to know your fellow Rotarians better. It keeps you in touch with what’s going on in the Club and our Area. It helps you to become more aware of the good things we are doing in our community and around the world. It helps us all to stay CONNECTED! Besides, we miss you when we don’t see you each week. We are Rotary, Connecting the World, and that connection starts with our weekly meeting. See you Thursday!

"New" and Returning Members for Nevada City Rotary

Speaking of Thursday, we have a special treat in store. We will be gaining a new member in our Club. I can’t say a “new Rotarian” because Lynda Guthrie has been a very active Rotarian in Healdsburg for many years. Now, their loss by her move to Nevada County, is our gain. If you haven’t had a chance to chat with her yet, make sure you introduce yourself on Thursday and give her a warm, Rotary Club of Nevada City welcome. Susie Monary-Wilson is her sponsor. It turned out that they are friends from AAUW and share connections in the Bay area. – There’s that “Connecting” again.

Then, the following Thursday, October 3rd, we will be inducting Kim Stewart; a returning member of our Club. Many of you know Kim (or have heard of her exploits as a former President of our Club). Due to the responsibilities of young children and a long commute (she lives in the little town of Washington) she had to leave the Club but the boys are now in school in town (wait, they can’t possibly be that old!!) and she is able to rejoin Rotary at last – lucky us!!

Trolley Junction upgrades and room changes

I know it’s been kind of tough on some of us with the constant meeting room change (especially Ken Ching and Tom Milam who have been juggling what to set up where each week) but please try to be patient while John and Karen Foley try to settle in as the new managers at Trolley Junction. The improvements are coming along nicely, and things should be getting back to normal soon. Try to remember also that as much as it’s been a bit challenging for us, Aaron and Sarah are also dealing with the changes. They are doing a phenomenal job keeping us well-fed and all with huge smiles on their faces. Next time you see them, why don’t you stop to give them a kind word of encouragement and let them know what a terrific job they are doing.

A Dynamo year!

Wow, this year is going to be great. Two new members, others out there just waiting to be invited by you, a dynamic club membership, a dynamite Board, lots of hands-on projects coming up, great programs each week, Rambling Rotarians starting to ramble again. What more could a President ask for other than some vitamins to keep up!

Last Week's Social - Catharine Bramkamp
Economic Impact of the Arts in Nevada County

Key Findings of Arts & Economic Prosperity ReportCatharine Bramkamp provided an engaging and informative update on Arts in Nevada County, the role of the Arts Council and read key findings from the Arts & Economic Prosperity in Nevada County report.

Eager to learn more and read the report? Click the Nevada County Arts Council logo for information on the Nevada County Arts Council and read key findings from the Arts & Economic Prosperity in Nevada County report.



LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER !!! Avenues of Service - District 5190 Training September 28

On September 28, 2019 you will have another opportunity to learn about Rotary and where you might want to use your valuable talents. Cathy is envisioning 3 carloads of Nevada City Rotarians at Avenues of Service (AOS)A Day of Learning for all Rotary Members. Some fantastic sessions are planned with knowledgeable presenters. Both Robin and Pp and PAG Dennis Geare will lead sessions along with many more on the program so you know they’ll be educational (and fun).

The cost is $20.00 and includes a Continental breakfast and lunch AND the Club pays for it so the cost to you is zero! Cathy needs 2-3 more Sargent of Arms for the day so, if you are interested in helping, please let her know. To register, click or the flyer image.

Click for Program Schedule

Nevada City Rotary Board Activities

Stay informed about actions your Nevada City Rotary Board of Directors is taking.  Minutes of Board Meetings and Club Leadership Retreats for the past year along with survey results, Club Bylaws, Nevada City Rotary Foundation 501 (c) 3 status and other documents are available in our "Members Only" section of our website at  If you need assistance remembering your user ID and password, contact Robin or reply to this newsletter.

Upcoming Events:

September 26: Lunch Catrina Olson, City Manager of Nevada City

September 28: Avenues of Service - 8:30 Registration 9:00am-3:45pm Program; See details above

October 3: Social - Social- Dan Biebelheimer- Clinica Filadelfia Global Project of 49’er Rotary Club in Tijuana,     B.C., Mexico

October 10: Lunch Dennis Geare "Ethics"

October 17- Social Kara Asilanis: The Curious Forge

October 24:  Annual Walk for Polio - details to be announced!

October 31:  5th Thursday - DARK

November 6:  Wednesday - Area 4 Foundation Dinner

November 7: Moved to Wed Nov 6 Foundation Dinner

November 14: Lunch Gage McKinney - ‘No Depression Here’

November 21 - Social: Heather Heckler from Connecting Point:  “The 211 Program”

November 28 - Thanksgiving DARK - Celebrate with friends and family!

December 5:  Holiday Party

Thank you Nancy Kemp and Christine Newsom for coordinating our programs!

Special Dates


Cathy Wilcox-Barnes 9/03  Carolyn Feuille and Bob 9/04
     Walt Stickel and Sandy 9/09
     Nathan Leishman and Stephanie 9/27

Club Leadership

President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Past President: Tom Ryan
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Carla Burke
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service: John Wilson & Nathan Leishman
Community Service: Carolyn Inglis & Tom Milam

Club Social:  Judy Soldavini
Sergeant at Arms: Walt Stickel
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Christine Newsom
Membership: Stacy Robinson & Tom Ryan
Program Chairs: Christine Newsom
& Nancy Kemp
At Large: Dennis Geare

If you have a whine, write it on the back of a 20 dollar bill and give it to your president.
If you have an idea for a club program please contact Nancy Kemp or Christine Newsom.

The Fine Print

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Board Meetings are held on the third Monday month at 5:30pm at John Hensley's Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties office at 432 Broad St. Nevada City. Our next Board meeting is Monday October 21, 2019.  All club members are encouraged to attend a meeting. Location subject to change, please ask.

Rotary Club of Nevada City — Established October 3, 1935

Thursday Meetings
1st & 3rd Thursdays for Social Mixer at 5:30pm and
2nd & 4th Thursday for Lunch Meeting at 12:15pm
at Trolley Junction Restaurant at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 Directions
Note: Lunch $14  Social Mixer $5 + BYOB — PO Box 74 — Nevada City, California 95959

Mission Statement:
The Nevada City Rotary Club is a diverse and welcoming group of people who live Service Above Self by giving financial and hands-on support to local, national & international communities while exemplifying ethical leadership, cooperation and good, clean fun.